Unreleased, posthumous records can be problematic. Just look at Tupac’s albums after death and the mixed response to Michael Jackson’s tunes beyond the grave for reference.
“New” J Dilla records, though?
Alright, I’m a hypocrite so let me spare you guys of the fluff. “Give ‘Em What They Want” knocks and I want it in my car right now, dammit. Originally produced 2002, the joint effort with Super Dave West has me thinking about all the finished Dilla projects Madlib alluded to a while back. J’s prerogative, Hip-Hop’s most cited industry rule or whatever reason makes this a special delivery from the vault. Yet I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want more.
Looks like I’ll get my wish when “Give ‘Em What They Want” drops May 6th (pre-order here). This single from Dilla’s shelved album The Diary ought to inspire hope in more unearthed heatrock among his fans.
Now, if you excuse me, I have to press play on this for the 2746392th time.
Update 4/17/14: This article previously stated The Diary had a May 6th release date. The aforementioned date is set only for the “Give ‘Em What They Want” single as the album’s still in limbo. Sorry for the confusion, folks.